Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: HOMEGROWN: THE COUNTER-TERROR DILEMMA

HBO Documentary Films: HOMEGROWN: THE COUNTER-TERROR DILEMMA

Overview: Terrorism made front-page headlines again in late 2015, due to events in Paris and San Bernardino, Cal. Both incidents were linked to extremists who pledged allegiance to ISIS, and proved just how difficult it is for counter-terrorist agencies to avert such threats in advance. Directed by Greg Barker (HBO’s Emmy-winning MANHUNT) and based on the upcoming book “United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists,” by Peter Bergen, HOMEGROWN: THE COUNTER-TERROR DILEMMA is a gripping insider’s account of the homegrown terrorist threat in America, told from the perspectives of those who helped construct our...

HBO Documentary Films: JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY

HBO Documentary Films: JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY

Overview: On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution sent shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, by close childhood friend Brian Oakes, tells the story of his life through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists – while fellow hostages reveal never-before-heard details of his captivity with a chilling immediacy that builds suspense. Made with unparalleled access, this documentary is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion and pain at...

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2016; Our 2015 Favorites

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2016; Our 2015 Favorites

HBO has dropped a hefty load of news as of late due to the latest Television Critics Association event. One such report was on the documentary front as the network listed the upcoming films that will be on the schedule for the first half of 2016. We speculated to a small degree on potential offerings but now there is no question. What follows is a press release showcasing the documentaries to appear from now through June. We are sure those interested in non-fiction films will find something worth watching. As for HBOWatch, we will watch and review them all. HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for...

HBO Documentary Films: HEROIN: CAPE COD, USA

HBO Documentary Films: HEROIN: CAPE COD, USA

Overview: Known for its quaint villages, lighthouses and beaches, the picturesque summer vacation destination of Cape Cod has been struck with an epidemic of young people hooked on affordable, easily acquired heroin. This harrowing film takes an unsparing look at the lives of eight heroin addicts in their early 20s, living a seemingly endless existence of getting high while cycling through stages of rehab, recovery and relapse. Falmouth, Mass. is a typical community in a state that has lately seen an average of nearly four heroin deaths per day. The individuals spotlighted in HEROIN: CAPE COD, USA, all of whom live in the area, talk candidly...

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Boston, Ebola, Nichols & More

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Boston, Ebola, Nichols & More

We have just about heard from every aspect of HBO going forward into 2016 except what the plan is for HBO Documentary Films. Usually by now Shelia Nevins and her department drop an announcement stating the documentaries to premiere for the first half of the year and if there is any special programming notes relating. So far we haven’t heard a word. We will assume, unless told otherwise, that Monday night will remain documentary night with premieres at 9:00pm. Encore presentations will round out the schedule. What HBOWatch can give those interested is an outline of those films we know to be in the pipeline. What we have below is our best...

HBO Documentary Films: BOLSHOI BABYLON

HBO Documentary Films: BOLSHOI BABYLON

Overview: In January of 2013, Sergei Filin, artistic director of Russia’s celebrated Bolshoi Ballet, was attacked by an unknown assailant who threw acid in his face. The Bolshoi’s ballet company had long been part of the nation’s identity, but this mysterious and vicious attack thrust it into the limelight for all the wrong reasons, pulling back the curtain on the scandals and infighting plaguing the iconic institution. When one of their own – male soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko – was arrested and charged with the crime, it revealed a company defined by personality clashes, power struggles and professional jealousy, something Bolshoi...

HBO Documentary Films: VERY SEMI-SERIOUS – A PARTIALLY THROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS

HBO Documentary Films: VERY SEMI-SERIOUS – A PARTIALLY THROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS

Overview: Every Tuesday, eager cartoonists line up outside the office of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to show off their work. After he sifts through thousands of submissions, the magazine ends up buying and publishing about 15 each week. Directed by Leah Wolchok and produced by Davina Pardo, this documentary offers a window into The New Yorker, the undisputed standard bearer of the single-panel cartoon, and an unprecedented glimpse into the process behind their creation and publication. Editor David Remnick notes that cartoons have been a major component since The New Yorker began as a humor weekly in 1925. The lighthearted yet...

HBO Documentary Films: 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS

HBO Documentary Films: 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS

Overview: On November 23, 2012, Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old, and three friends drove into a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. Davis and his friends got into a verbal altercation with white 45-year-old Michael Dunn, who took issue with the volume of the teenagers’ rap music. When Davis refused to turn down the music, Dunn opened fire on the car of unarmed teenagers. He fired 10 bullets, three of which hit Davis, who died at the scene. Dunn fled, but was taken into custody the next day. He claimed that he shot in self-defense. Filmed over a period of 18 months, the documentary intercuts intimate scenes with Davis’ family and friends...

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